Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

Dance of the Chromosomes

The lab of Whitehead Institute Member David Page investigates how specialized cells in the ovaries or testes start a remarkable type of cell division called meiosis in order to form egg or sperm cells. In this image, the cells outlined in red in this mouse testis are organizing and dividing their strand-like chromosomes (green) during meiosis. 

Image by Mina Kojima/Whitehead Institute

video

Image of planarians with three eyes.

octoBER 16, 2019

VIDEO: WHAT PLANARIANS ARE REVEALING ABOUT THE RULES OF REGENERATION

Learn how scientists in Peter Reddien's lab use planarians, a kind of flatworm that can regenerate, to probe the mysteries of how animals are able to replace missing body parts after injury — with the goal of one day using this knowledge to guide regenerative medicine techniques.


multimedia

Fireflies in a field at twilight

AUGUST 27, 2019

MULTIMEDIA FEATURE: UNUSUAL LABMATES: LIGHTING UP THE LAB

Discover how Whitehead Institute researchers rear these fascinating creatures in the lab and what researchers hope to learn from investigating their biology


PODCAST

Alicia Zamudio, a graduate student in Whitehead Institute Member Richard Young's lab

SEPTEMBER 25, 2019

BIOGENESIS PODCAST: ALICIA ZAMUDIO OF THE YOUNG LAB ON CHANGING MAJORS AND EXPLORING TRANSCRIPTION

A new podcast from MIT Biology and Whitehead Institute explores the experiences that led affiliated graduate students to pursue research careers

In the News

The FLCN-FNIP-Rag-Ragulator complex

November 5, 2019

Whitehead team solves structure of key mTORC1 activator

Findings shed light on the mechanics of mTORC1 signaling, lay the foundation for drug discovery 


Illustration of moths around a light

SEPTEMBER 25, 2019

SIGNALING FACTOR SEEKING GENE

Whitehead Institute researchers have discovered that particular signaling pathways, which transmit environmental cues and effect changes in gene expression, rely on phase-separated condensates to find, occupy, and activate the right genes in each cell type


Image of structure of the raptor - rag - ragulator protein comples

OCTOBER 10, 2019

WHITEHEAD INSTITUTE TEAM RESOLVES STRUCTURE OF MASTER GROWTH REGULATOR

New paper in Science reveals how mTORC1 docks at lysosomal surface

FEATURED

Illustration of scientist letting genie DNA out of a pot

SEPTEMBER 30, 2019

Beyond the Gene is a collection of pieces across storytelling mediums—text, audio, and video—that together paint a picture of how current research at Whitehead Institute is expanding the understanding of gene regulation.


Announcements

Photo of Whitehead Fellow Kipp Weiskopf

OCTOBER 10, 2019

NEW WHITEHEAD FELLOW KIPP WEISKOPF

Balancing innovative cancer research with the quantification of rubber ducks


Whitehead Institute Director-Elect Ruth Lehmann

SEPTEMBER 19, 2019

RUTH LEHMANN ELECTED AS DIRECTOR OF WHITEHEAD INSTITUTE

Lehmann, a world renowned developmental and cell biology researcher, will be Whitehead Institute’s fifth Director.

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